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The National Book Award–winning author of The Women of Brewster Place explores the secrets of an affluent black community.
For its wealthy African American residents, the exclusive neighborhood of Linden Hills is a symbol of “making it.” The ultimate achievement: a home on prestigious Tupelo Drive. Making your way downhill to Tupelo is irrefutable proof of your worth. But the farther down the hill you go, the emptier you become . . .
Using the descent of Dante’s Inferno as a model, this bold, haunting novel follows two young men as they attempt to find work amid the circles of the well-off community. Exploring a microcosm of race and social class, author Gloria Naylor reveals the true cost of success for the lost souls of Linden Hills—an existence trapped in a nightmare of their own making.
“With Linden Hills, Naylor has constructed a place for herself among the leading contemporary writers of fiction.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review
“One is quickly beguiled . . . so gracefully does Miss Naylor fuse together the epic and the naturalistic, the magical and the real.” —The New York Times
“Every page contains a brilliant insight, a fine description, some petty and human, some grandiloquent.” —Chicago Tribune
Praise for Gloria Naylor
“The most refreshing voice in the black idiom since readers first discovered Toni Morrison.” —Claude Brown, author of Manchild in the Promised Land
Gloria Naylor (1950–2016) grew up in New York City. She received her bachelor of arts in English from Brooklyn College and her master of arts in Afro-American Studies from Yale University. Her first novel, The Women of Brewster Place, won the National Book Award. She is also the author of Linden Hills, Mama Day, Bailey's Cafe, The Men of Brewster Place, and the fictionalized memoir 1996.
From Publishers Weekly
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